Let’s get it straight…
While orthodontic treatment often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems can benefit from earlier treatment.
Well aligned teeth look good and feel good. If your child does need treatment, a check up not later than age 7 will be the most appropriate time. A healthy smile is good for life.
If you are an adult, suffering from misaligned teeth, Don’t wait for someday! Today One orthodontic patient in five is an adult. No matter what your age, orthodontic treatment can correct crooked teeth or spaces that you have been self conscious about for years. It can give you the confidence and pride that comes with a great smile!
What is malocclusion?
Malocclusion literally means “bad bite.” Some children’s jaws and teeth do not develop properly. Malocclusion refers to crooked, misaligned teeth and a fault in the relation between the bottom and top set of teeth (the two dental arches). This may develop because of injury to the teeth or facial bones, habits like frequent thumb sucking, or for genetic reasons.
Thumb sucking (or finger sucking) can result in localized deformation of the teeth and supporting bone. In order to restore a natural alignment, the thumb sucking habit has to be stopped.
Having a “bad bite” generally does not affect physical health. Malocclusion is not a disease. It is a variation in the normal position of teeth. However, it may impact on the shape of the person’s face and the appearance of their teeth, which can lead to embarrassment, a lack of self-confidence, and even depression. Severe malocclusion may affect eating, speech and keeping the teeth clean.
Early intervention with either ﬁx or removable appliances may be recommended to eliminate or reduce any future consequences on the development of the teeth, face, and jaws.
Why choose orthodontic treatment?
To give just one good reason: To get the confidence of a great smile.
- Closing wide gaps between the teeth
- Making sure the tips of the teeth are aligned
- Straightening crooked teeth
- To improve speech or eating (oral function)
- To improve the long-term health of gums and teeth
- To prevent long-term excessive wear or trauma (of the teeth)
- To improve the way lips meet
- To improve your breathing efficiency, attention spam.
- To have healthier gums.
- To increase your self-esteem.
Types of Braces
Confused about which treatment you want?
Our specialists will do a thorough evaluation and explain your options. From traditional braces to Invisalign aligners or Clear Braces,
From partial to comprehensive treatment, you will leave your first free consultation with a very clear idea of your best option as well as financial or payment options.
At What Age Do Braces Become Appropriate?
All kids should get a check up with an Orthodontist no later than age 7.
By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem exist or is developing.
A check up no later than age 7 gives your orthodontist the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finish growing. The ideal age for comprehensive orthodontics is between 10 and 14 years of age.
Although age is not a consideration when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved successfully at any age.
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